Robert Clarke

Partner. Melbourne.

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Robert Clarke

Robert is co-head of our National M & A Infrastructure practice, and is based in Melbourne. That practice covers all forms of infrastructure – economic, energy, social as well as “infrastructure like” opportunities.

He has acted for strategic and institutional capital on investment and joint venture transactions across all sectors for over 20 years.

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Robert is co-head of our National M & A Infrastructure practice, and is based in Melbourne. That practice covers all forms of infrastructure – economic, energy, social as well as “infrastructure like” opportunities.

He has acted for strategic and institutional capital on investment and joint venture transactions across all sectors for over 20 years.

Robert is adept at leading teams on complex, resource intensive corporate matters, as well as providing strategic advice to his clients.  His matters usually involve coordinating a number of our practice groups, including competition and regulatory, property, energy & resources, taxation and environment and planning, as well as working closely with our finance practice.

Robert was based in Singapore for a number of years (with Slaughter and May, and Allens Linklaters where he was the managing partner of that office), prior to joining Corrs from the Allens Melbourne office. He has acted on numerous regional transactions including in Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, Bangladesh, China and Thailand. He is both Australian and UK qualified.

He has recently acted as lead M&A partner to the Macquarie-Brookfield consortium in its recent $2bn acquisition of the Western Australian oil and gas assets of Apache Corporation, and for Apollo on its investment into and joint venture with Leightons (now CIMIC) in relation to the services contracting business.

“Leading Lawyer Corporate/M&A” Chambers Global Guide
Robert Clarke

Robert's Expertise

  • Macquarie and Brookfield Lead corporate advisor to this consortium on its recent acquisition of the Western Australian oil and gas assets of Apache Corporation, as well as further potentialacquisitions.
  • Hastings and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board Served as lead adviser to the consortium in their successful bid to acquire the Sydney Desalination Plant from the NSW Government. The work included dealing with regulators (IPART), Sydney Water, Veolia as O&M contractor and lending banks.
  • Apollo Global Management Acting for Apollo Global Funds on its investment into and joint venture with Leightons (now CIMIC) in relation to the services contracting business.
  • Royalla Solar Farm Acted for a European infrastructure fund in acquiring the Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT.
  • Airport Link M7 Advised a bidder on the recent sale process for this toll-road in receivership.
  • AIX infrastructure investments Advised a consortium of Australian pension funds lead by Hastings Funds Management on the establishment of a joint venture and investment into airports in Australia and Europe, in connection with the acquisition by the Future Fund of the asset portfolio of Australian Infrastructure Fund.
  • Total SA Assisted French global energy player on its multi-billion dollar investment (buy-side) into the Santos-led Gladstone LNG project in Queensland.
  • Hutchison Whampoa Advising on a US$500 million telecommunications infrastructure M&A transaction (competitive sell-side role), including on commercial arrangements involving fibre capacity leases and tower co-location arrangements, and associated funding arrangements.
  • APG, Partners Group and ADIA Advised global investors on their joint venture investment into a Standard Chartered Bank sponsored Asia-Pacific infrastructure fund.
  • Goodman Group Acted for the Goodman Group on the US$270 million sale of an industrial property asset in Hong Kong to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (its joint venture partner in China logistics assets) and the renegotiation of joint venture arrangements.

What others say

  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A (Foreign Experts)” Chambers Global Guide
  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A (Experts Based Abroad)” Chambers Global Guide (Singapore)
  • “Leading Lawyer - Corporate/M&A (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad)” Chambers Global Guide (Indonesia)
  • “Leading Lawyer - Projects & Energy (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad)” Chambers Global Guide (Indonesia)

Robert's Thinking

Robert's Leadership

  • Law Institute of Victoria Member
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth • Korea Focus Group Member
    • North America Focus Group Member
    • Co-Leader, Infrastructure M&A Practice Group